IPL 2021 Kolkata Knight Riders Preview: Can Shakib & Captain Morgan Turn KKR’s Fate?

IPL 2021 Kolkata Knight Riders Preview: Can Shakib & Captain Morgan Turn KKR's Fate?

Time for Kolkata Knight Riders Preview.

If you were a Kolkata Knight Riders supporter last year (like I was), it was a very tough season to follow. A great squad, but did not get going AT ALL.

New IPL edition, different fate for KKR? With Harbhajan Singh and Shakib Al Hasan, the steal of the auction, can KKR spin to the title? Will they make amends this year and not make too many changes?

What do you think? Does KKR have a shot? Here are my thoughts.

Also Read: IPL 2021 Auctions Review, KKR All Time XI

IPL History

How Did They Do Last Year?

- The much hyped finishing trio of Dinesh Karthik-Eoin Morgan-Andre Russell did not materialize. Brendon McCullum’s infamous notebook & lack of clarity on their position contributed to the underwhelming year. Oh and the DK-Morgan captaincy switch mid-tournament did not help at all.

- The story of the year was Varun Chakravarthy. An architect whose cricket dreams were broken finally found fame with match winning performances. He was even selected for an international cap, but fitness issues kept him back.

Injury News

Complete Kolkata Knight Riders Squad

WK: Sheldon Jackson, Dinesh Karthik

Fast Medium: Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Vaibhav Arora

Spinners: Harbhajan Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy

All-Rounders: Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Pawan Negi, Venkatesh Iyer

Overseas: Eoin Morgan*, Pat Cummins, Ben Cutting, Lockie Ferguson, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Tim Seifert (WK), Shakib Al Hasan

Withdrawn: Rinku Singh (Injured)

Predicted KKR XI

Watch Out For

Where Can Things Go Wrong For the Knight Riders?

Venues & Fixtures

Bangalore- 5, Ahmedabad — 4, Mumbai — 3, Chennai — 2

Fixtures

- 11 April: SRH vs KKR (Chennai)

- 13 April: KKR vs MI (Chennai)

- 18 April: RCB vs KKR (Chennai)

- 21 April: KKR vs CSK (Mumbai)

- 24 April: RR vs KKR (Mumbai)

- 26 April: PBKS vs KKR (Ahmedabad)

- 29 April: DC vs KKR (Ahmedabad)

- 3 May: KKR vs RCB (Ahmedabad)

- 8 May: KKR vs DC (Ahmedabad)

- 10 May: MI vs KKR (Bangalore)

- 12 May: CSK vs KKR (Bangalore)

- 15 May: KKR vs PBKS (Bangalore)

- 18 May: KKR vs RR (Bangalore)

- 21 May: KKR vs SRH (Bangalore)

- 25 May: Qualifier 1 (Ahmedabad)

- 26 May: Eliminator (Ahmedabad)

- 28 May: Qualifier 2 (Ahmedabad)

- 30 May: Final (Ahmedabad)

Prediction

Prediction3rdMost Runs Shubman GillMost WicketsPrasidh Krishna Emerging PlayerKamlesh Nagarkoti to get a full season?Surprise PackageHarbhajan Singh X FactorShakib Al HasanBroken Cricket DreamDinesh Karthik, the finisher — Can he make India’s World Cup squad of 23? Or have we seen the last of DK in Indian clothing?Kolkata Knight Riders Preview Predictions

What do you think of the Kolkata Knight Riders Preview? Your First XI? Will they make the IPL 2021 qualifiers?

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